Month: August 2019

Obamas deportation stay late for some immigrants

first_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “When I was watching the news today and heard, I just couldn’t believe it,” he said last week in Guatemala City. “I had to turn the TV off.”It’s unclear how many deported immigrants just missed their chance like Cortes because there are no available statistics that classify them by age or education. The United States deported 396,906 people from Oct. 1, 2010 through Sept. 30, 2011. But one can spot the young and recently deported on Latin America’s streets, where they sometimes fumble with their Spanish and have trouble fitting in.To Cortes, it was like being thrown a life preserver too late and he says his future looks bleak.On his first day back in Tegucigalpa, the young man with braces and hair gelled straight back had to wake up before 5 a.m. to work with his grandparents selling baleadas, wheat tortillas stuffed with beans and meat, outside a hospital.He said he has been stopped a couple of times by men on the streets of Honduras, which has a gang problem and among the world’s highest homicide rates. “I don’t even know the words, the rules and the signals they make,” he said. “I am afraid to be on the streets alone. And if someone says I am a gringo, it is very dangerous for me because they will think I have money and will assault me.” “It would have been a lot easier to continue my studies and be with my family,” she said.A disappointed Ramirez however said she was happy that her younger sister, 18-year-old Montserrat Ramirez, stayed in San Diego and may benefit from the new policy.“I am happy there is some hope for her,” she said.In Honduras, Cortes said he was confused when he heard the news last week about the new U.S. policy. He initially thought he could go back to the U.S. and apply, but was then told that was not the case.His sadness was tempered, however, by relief that his younger sister and others could benefit from the policy.“They don’t have to go through the ordeal I have,” he said. “It could have saved me.”____Associated Press writers Alberto Arce reported from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Adriana Gomez Licon from Mexico City. AP writer Romina Ruiz-Goiriena contributed to this report from Guatemala City.___Adriana Gomez Licon is on Twitter  http://twitter.com/agomezlicon Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressTEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – Marlon Roberto Cortes was stocking shelves in the frozen food section of a suburban Boston supermarket when he was summoned to the back office.An immigration officer was waiting for him and asked to see his ID, which he didn’t have. The 20-year-old Honduran was told there was an order to deport him, and agents handcuffed and hauled him to a holding center. He was sent back to his native country in March without being able to say goodbye to his family. Cortes missed by three months President Barack Obama’s decision last week to allow hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants no older than 30 with high school degrees and no criminal history a chance to stay and work in the country. The president has said that as many as 800,000 young illegal immigrants living in the U.S. could benefit from the change.From Guatemala to Argentina, recently deported young people who had dreamed of becoming U.S. citizens reacted to Friday’s announcement with a mix of frustration and sadness, but also relief that siblings left behind might now be able to stay without fear of deportation.“I am a person who studied and I wish I could aspire to far greater things,” said Cortes. “I’m sad.”“The country in which I could have had the chance to get ahead is the United States,” he added. “I did everything I had to do to get that and I don’t understand why they wouldn’t let me … I feel more American than Honduran.”Yannick Grijalba, an 18-year-old Guatemalan with fluent English who was deported on Wednesday after living 11 years in Northern California, was equally frustrated. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Grijalba said he can’t pursue a college degree in the country of his birth because he needs to work. His best bet, he said, is to apply for a job at a call center because English is his main language.In Argentina, 22-year-old Nahuel Tedesco wishes Obama’s decision would have come two years ago when he was studying in Florida.His family came to the United States after Argentina defaulted on its debt and its currency devaluated in late 2001 and early 2002. The economic crisis caused a spike in violent crime and Tedesco’s father lost his job with postal service, so the family decided it was time to leave.They settled in Miami, where his father and his brother worked in construction and restaurants, and his mother earned money as a nanny. Nahuel was 12.“It was a great time. Those were the best years of my life,” Tedesco said.His other family members were all deported back to Argentina in 2009. Enrolled at Miami Dade College, Tedesco chose to stay and continue with his classes.But months later, Tedesco received a notice from immigration officials ordering him to appear in court for deportation proceedings. He was only able to extend his stay a couple of weeks longer to complete his degree in computer software engineering before leaving the country in May 2010. Grijalba kept on studying at the juvenile detention center and was hoping to graduate so he could go to a community college and earn a degree as a mechanic. Like some of the other deported young Latin Americans, Grijalba believes that the chance for a good education is among the most important things he has lost.“I would then get a job, save and go on to a university and study architecture,” Grijalba said of his earlier plans.Instead, immigration officers deported him weeks before he finished his classes.Jobless and with no money, Grijalba is now back in Guatemala City, a place he barely recognizes, living downtown with an aunt, two uncles and a cousin.“Everything is just really different here,” he said. “My uncle took me around the city and everything here looks rundown with cracks on the walls and the dogs are so skinny.”“There are also guards with shotguns everywhere,” he added. “Yesterday I had to go get Guatemalan documents, there were even guys with shotguns there. You just don’t see that in a DMV in California,” said Grijalba, referring to the Department of Motor Vehicles.Grijalba was noticeably awkward in what is now a foreign country for him from the moment he stepped off the plane at a Guatemalan Air Force base. As the other deportees scrambled off the aircraft, Grijalba had the measured saunter of a high school kid in his baggy pants and Air Jordans as pre-recorded marimba music blasted from airport speakers. Foreign Ministry officials then gave him and the other deportees their first meal back home: a bread roll and a paste of refried black beans, along with a juice box and a speech about how they will always be welcome in their native Guatemala. Cortes noted that he graduated from a Chelsea, Massachusetts high school and would have met all the criteria of the new U.S. policy, which says that the immigrant must have been brought to the U.S. before they turned 16, be no older than 30 and have been in the country for at least five continuous years.Now back in Honduras, Cortes calls his mother’s cellphone every week or so to talk with her and her younger sister in the U.S, and tries to keep in touch with them and others on Facebook.“I keep up with all of my high school friends through Facebook,” said Cortes. “We miss each other very much. I don’t know if we are ever going to see each other again.”In Grijalba’s case, his family flew from Guatemala to New York City with tourist visas in 2000.The family later moved to Fairfield, California where Grijalba became an honor-roll student and competed on the wrestling team at a local high school. Halfway through his junior year, he got into a fist fight with a boy from school over a girl. It led to an assault charge in juvenile court.Maibe Casalins, a Miami-based immigration attorney, said that someone like Grijalba could still qualify because juvenile records are not considered a criminal conviction under immigration laws. U.S. immigration courts give wide leeway to prosecutors and agents in determining whether an individual has the right to stay. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “I would have liked for things to have turned out differently, for the benefits to have been implemented earlier,” he said.Back in Buenos Aires, Tedesco said it was difficult to adapt to a place where he hadn’t lived since he was 12. He worked at a call center where he was eventually laid off after it closed. “It took me several months to realize what was going on,” he said.Like Tedesco and other recently deported immigrants who spent much of their childhood in the United States, Stephany Ramirez also sought work at a call center because of her English skills.Although she had lived in San Diego since the sixth grade, Ramirez voluntarily returned to Mexico last year and settled in Tijuana to earn some money. She said she was tired of living with the fear of deportation and didn’t qualify for financial aid to pay for tuition at an American college.Still, she’d hoped to return to San Diego later to rejoin her family and continue her education. “It’s extremely hard to be here by myself,” Ramirez said.If Ramirez had stayed north of the border she could have benefited from the new rules, but because she wasn’t in the United States when Obama made the announcement on Friday she no longer qualifies. 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Animal rights groups want end to Italy horse race

first_img Sponsored Stories One of the horses broke a front leg in the collision on Thursday. Critics have long held the race, a fierce competition among the Tuscan city’s quarters, should be held without animals. Horses frequently fall, collide, or are trampled during the race, and some 50 have died since 1970.The Palio is held each July and August.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy MILAN (AP) – Animal rights campaigners are calling for an end to the famed Palio bareback horse race in Siena after six of 10 horses crashed during the latest edition.The LAV animal rights group said Friday the accident on the first curve of the dirt-covered course in Siena’s main square was just the “umpteenth confirmation that the Palio needs to put the safety of the horses and all the participants ahead of tradition.” 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

Jerusalems secular Israeli minority showing life

first_imgHashkes said momentum among the secular population is percolating, but not without an equally fierce backlash. While separate sidewalks are officially banned, she said some streets were still off limits to women during the recent Jewish Sukkot holiday.Just last week, a prominent female activist was arrested for wearing a traditionally male prayer shawl at the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, an act that police prohibit because of Orthodox Jewish sensitivities.Anat Hoffman said police strip-searched her and jailed her overnight, releasing her only after she agreed to stay away from the site for a month. The incident occurred as she led prayers for 200 American Jewish women from Hadassah, a Jewish women’s group that was celebrating its 100th anniversary.Over the years, the growing religious influence, coupled with a high cost of living, has pushed tens of thousands of secular Jerusalemites to leave the city. Navigating a complicated balancing act, Mayor Nir Barkat, a secular, former high-tech businessman, has attempted to revive secular life in the city without alienating the ultra-Orthodox.Barkat’s office says the mayor has boosted the city’s culture budgets since he was elected in 2008, quadrupling events like concerts and street festivals to enliven the city and encouraged new housing in secular areas to draw young couples and families. That turned Kiryat Yovel, a tranquil neighborhood in west Jerusalem, into the latest battleground in Jerusalem’s protracted culture war between Jewish conservatism and pluralism.After years of setbacks, Jerusalem’s secular population has begun to push back against what many believe are heavy-handed tactics by the city’s ultra-Orthodox residents to impose their religious mores on the general population. A growing number of restaurants now open on Saturday, an array of cultural events have sprouted up, and for the first time in years, a longtime exodus of secular residents for nearby suburbs appears to have halted.“We’re not against the ultra-Orthodox, we’re for tolerance and integration and against intimidation. But from no public services offered on Saturdays to promoting gender segregation, the community is undermining the very basis of our democratic state,” said Dina Azriel, a leader in the grassroots “Free Kiryat Yovel” initiative, which sponsored the recent lecture.While most Israelis are secular, Israel’s founding fathers gave Judaism a formal place in the country’s affairs, and Orthodox rabbis strictly govern religious events such as weddings, divorces, and burials for the Jewish population. The ultra-Orthodox are also perennial kingmakers in Israeli coalition politics, though they make up only about 10 percent of the country’s population. Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The influence of the ultra-Orthodox is especially pronounced in Jerusalem, where their numbers are proportionally much larger than the national average. Jerusalem, Israel’s largest city, is split almost evenly into thirds between secular and modern Orthodox residents, Muslim Palestinians, and the ultra-Orthodox Jews.Many modern Orthodox Jews live and work with the secular population while maintaining a religious life style, in contrast to ultra-Orthodox, who choose to live in insulated enclaves.The ultra-religious have used their large numbers and political muscle to shape modern Jerusalem. The city grinds to a virtual standstill on the Jewish Sabbath, with businesses closed, public transportation halted and few options for entertainment.Attempts to change this status quo have prompted violent backlashes from the ultra-Orthodox, who haven’t hesitated to block roads, clash with police or send tens of thousands of activists into the streets when ordered by their rabbis. In 2009, the city experienced riots when it allowed a parking lot near Jerusalem’s Old City to open on the Sabbath to serve out-of-town tourists.In recent years, the ultra-Orthodox have grown bolder, pressuring the local bus company, Egged, to operate gender-segregated lines through religious neighborhoods, attempting to separate men and women on public sidewalks and ripping down billboards with female images on them. Because of the threat of vandalism, Egged recently decided to cease all advertising on its Jerusalem buses by October 2013. Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – Hundreds of people packed a Jerusalem community center recently for what many in Jerusalem consider a subversive act: They attended a lecture on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.The seemingly harmless event, in which the popular Arab-Israeli journalist Sayed Kashua talked about pluralism and tolerance, broke a long-standing ban on holding activities in public buildings on the Jewish day of rest. “Despite a small number of friction points in the city, Jerusalem has seen a dramatic reduction in tension between the Ultra-Orthodox and secular communities in recent years,” said spokesman Barak Cohen.In a sign that secular life could be making a comeback, the mayor’s office noted that enrollment in secular schools increased in the last school year for the first time in 15 years.Naomi Tsur, a deputy mayor of Jerusalem, noted that for the first time in 15 years, there is a clear non-Orthodox majority in the city council, another sign of secular revival. Modern Orthodox schools also posted slight gains.Whether these trends can continue remains unclear. More than 60 percent of Jewish students attend ultra-Orthodox schools, according to the Jerusalem Institute of Israel Studies.Tsur, an urban planner who has promoted coexistence among Jerusalem’s diverse populations, said “a lot will hinge” on whether the secular masses turn their concerns into election issues. “People usually go to vote on `shall we go to war with Iran,’ but we need to work together on making an appealing mix that will attract young and dynamic couples to live in Jerusalem,” she said. The vital role family plays in society Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Religious coercion could be an issue in January’s parliamentary elections. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, which includes ultra-Orthodox parties, has been criticized as caving in to their demands. In particular, many secular Israelis are upset over the government’s failure to end military draft exemptions for the ultra-Orthodox, despite a Supreme Court order.The “Free Kiryat Yovel” movement was formed after ultra-Orthodox activists were allowed to build a kindergarten that maintained a wall to separate religious and non-religious preschoolers. It took four years of petitioning the local community center to win a permit for the Sabbath lecture.“We’re in a really critical time right now, and I’m not optimistic,” said Sarit Hashkes, who runs another secular rights group, called “Be Free Israel.”“What we’re seeing now is cooperation of state and police officials with the ultra-Orthodox. Women are being pushed aside, and everything is pushed more to the right.”The group is behind a number of initiatives, like offering discount cards to patrons to use at restaurants that are open on the Sabbath to increase “secular buying power.” With parliamentary elections approaching, Kiryat Yovel activist and art historian Daniel Unger thinks these issues will continue to be pushed to the back burner.“This is a real issue that Netanyahu and others don’t want to address,” he says. “Instead, he keeps talking about the Iranian bomb, in hope that his people won’t pay attention to the domestic social and economic issues he’s ignored.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img

Stringer leaving Sony in June hands over to Hirai

first_img Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Hirai credited Stringer in the next-generation video-format battle by leading the Blu-ray camp, which included Sony, to victory; for pursuing efficiency and cost reductions, and expanding the film and music businesses to become “key profit drivers.”“Howard’s unwavering dedication and leadership throughout his tenure as CEO enabled us to form the foundation to overcome huge challenges and the path to future growth,” Hirai said in a statement.“I was able to learn so much from him as a business leader and person, particularly his incomparable ability to inspire and invigorate all of those around him.”Before joining Sony in 1997, Stringer had a 30-year career as a journalist, producer and executive at CBS Inc. His pivotal role was seen as developing strategic links between the entertainment and electronics business _ a plan Sony has pursued for years but is still not fully realized.While president, Stringer pinpointed as the major problem the divisions within Sony’s sprawling empire he disparagingly named “silos.” He reorganized the company, ended unprofitable businesses like the robot project and slashed thousands of jobs. He also encouraged collaborations.center_img Stringer, a Welsh-born American and 15-year employee at Sony, became president in 2005, when the once glorious maker behind the Walkman portable player was first starting to get slammed by the flashier Apple Inc. and the nimbler Samsung Electronics Co.The company, which makes the PlayStation 3 game console as well as “Spider-Man” movies, is still struggling. It has lost money for the last four years, and racked up its biggest loss in its 67-year history for the fiscal year through March 2012.Stringer said he was ready to retire after handing over the helm last year to Kazuo Hirai. Stringer groomed Hirai, longtime head of Sony’s video-game unit, who led its relative success as a brand in the U.S. market, to be his successor.“I was pleased to hand the reins to Kazuo Hirai last year because I saw in him the right mix of skills to lead Sony, and I knew it was the right time to bring about generational change,” Stringer said in the speech.“Over the course of the past year, he has come into his own and is leading Sony with vision and authority.”Stringer said he will remain busy with charity work in education and medicine, and will continue as chair of the American Film Institute. How men can have a healthy 2019 Hirai has followed with the same effort under the slogan “One Sony.” Sony has recently come out with smartphones and other products that have gotten good reviews. But it is still losing money in its core TV division.Some critics say playing catch-up with Apple and Samsung isn’t enough, and Sony needs to pioneer an entire consumer electronics sector, as it once did with the Walkman.But Stringer said he was ready to move on.“A new world is opening up for me, too,” he said.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at twitter.com/yurikageyama(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) TOKYO (AP) – Howard Stringer, who fought to bring a divided and struggling Sony Corp. together as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company’s first foreign president, is retiring as chairman in June.He announced his departure in New York in a speech at the Japan Society on Friday, which was confirmed by Tokyo-based Sony on Sunday. His retirement will come at an annual general shareholders’ meeting in June. Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Vatican Victim group wrong to criticize cardinals

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) VATICAN CITY (AP) – A church sex abuse victims group is acting out of “negative prejudices” when demanding some cardinals withdraw from the papal election, the Vatican spokesman said Wednesday.The Rev. Federico Lombardi said at a news briefing that the criticisms raised by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests are “well known” and cardinals already have responded.The Survivors Network has said Cardinal Roger Mahony should withdraw from the conclave because confidential church files released last month showed the retired Los Angeles archbishop was among church officials who had shielded abusive priests and failed to protect children. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Parents, stop beating yourself up Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Mahony has apologized repeatedly for how he responded to abuse claims. His successor in Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose Gomez, stripped Mahony of his public duties. But the cardinal has said Vatican officials told him to participate in the conclave, which began Tuesday.“We are convinced that there are optimal reasons to believe these cardinals should be held in esteem and should enter in the conclave, and they have all the right to be present in the conclave,” Lombardi said at a news briefing on the second day of the conclave. “We don’t believe they should be inconvenienced or put under pressure by the considerations made by SNAP which are, by my reading, informed by very negative prejudices.”The Los Angeles archdiocese settled more than 500 abuse claims in 2007 for a record-breaking $660 million. The archdiocese announced a new nearly $10 million settlement Tuesday.David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors’ Network, called Lombardi’s comments “intimidating” and discouraging for victims.“It’s disappointing to see Vatican officials continuing to defend virtually every man who holds the title cardinal, regardless of how severe and ongoing his misconduct is,” Clohessy said. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Benghazi where Libyas uprising began now a shattered city

first_img Comments   Share   BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The old courthouse in central Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city and the birthplace of the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, is a shelled-out ruin — a testimony to the destruction and chaos that permeate this North African country four years after the civil war that ousted the longtime dictator.The building is steeped in symbolism. It was here that the rallying cry first came against Gadhafi’s 42-year rule. It was here that pro-democracy protesters and rebels first raised the tri-colored Libyan flag, replacing Gadhafi’s green banner. Benghazi’s descent into all-out war started in May 2014, when Libyan renegade Gen. Khalifa Hifter, once Gadhafi’s army chief who later joined the opposition, launched an offensive against the militias blamed for a series of assassinations of the city’s army officers, policemen, judges, and journalists. He soon formally joined ranks with Libya’s elected government and since then, Hifter’s forces have taken back parts of Benghazi.The fighting has split many Benghazi families, with relatives, even brothers, often joining opposite camps.One of Saed Abdel-Hadi’s sons joined Libya’s Islamic State affiliate after returning from Syria and was killed in clashes. Another son joined the army, which is battling IS militants.“When my other son joined the army, the extremists threatened to kill me,” he said, adding that he fled with rest of the family and now lives in a friend’s garage.Even those with only a distant connection to Islamic militias or the army are targeted in retaliatory attacks.One of Muftah al-Shagaubi’s cousins joined an extremist group a while ago. Months later, al-Shagaubi lost his home as did 20 of his relatives when Hifter’s forces looted, burned and blew up the buildings so they could never come back, he said. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Patients with chronic pain give advice “I have lived all my life here and now we have to leave … because nothing is left for me in Libya,” he said, adding that he was preparing to head to Turkey in the coming weeks.Essam al-Hamali, a member of the Benghazi Crisis Committee, said there are 140,000 displaced individuals in the city alone.“Most of these families left their homes in a hurry, taking whatever they could grab,” he said. “Some only had the clothes they were wearing when the fighting began.”Over the past five months, his committee received a one-time voucher of under $100 per person for 481 families living in one Benghazi school.In March, it got about 7,000 food parcels from international donors through the Libyan Aid Agency — less than 1 percent of what is needed. It was promised $20 million to $40 million in aid but the government only delivered $5 million.“We have declared Benghazi a disaster zone,” al-Hamali said. “But it seems that no one cares.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories The overall number of displaced within Libya has almost doubled from an estimated 230,000 last September to more than 434,000 amid escalating fighting this year, according to the latest U.N. report.Benghazi resident Hamid al-Idrissi says he and his family fled their war-torn Gawarsha neighborhood under heavy shelling. His extended family had a total of 45 houses there, built on a vast swath of land owned by his late grandfather, he said.“Houses were first looted, then burned down. We lost everything,” al-Idrissi told The Associated Press as he and his relatives huddled inside a school turned into a shelter.Civilians still in the city live against the backdrop of gunshots and ambulance sirens that fill the night. In May, more than 27 civilians were killed, including 12 members of one family who were preparing for a wedding party when a rocket hit their house. The groom and five children were among the dead.The city’s residents also fear abductions at the hands of militiamen from the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, an umbrella group of hard-line militias that includes Ansar al-Shariah, which the U.S. blames for the September 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Many landmarks have been destroyed, including much of the Old City, with its Moorish arches and Italian facades. The Benghazi University, its archives and department buildings have been hollowed-out, occupied in turn by militiamen who put snipers on rooftops and turned the campus into a warzone.The last destruction — albeit not on this scale — that city elders remember was during World War II, when Benghazi was captured by the British. But the city was quickly rebuilt after the war, in part thanks to the country’s new-found oil wealth.Now charred and wrecked cars, piles of twisted metal and debris act as front-line demarcations between warring factions. In many neighborhoods, Libyan soldiers have blown up entire buildings to clear snipers’ nests or in search of underground tunnels used for smuggling weapons.Schools have closed, few hospitals remain open, and wheat and fuel shortages force residents to line up for hours every day outside bakeries and gas stations. Many neighborhoods have been emptied out by fleeing residents, only to be looted and torched by marauding militias.More than a fifth of Benghazi’s 630,000-strong population has been forced out of their homes. Those with money fled abroad. The rest sought refuge in other Libyan towns and cities, or crowded into Benghazi’s makeshift camps and schools turned into shelters. Quick workouts for men Now, the courthouse is ruin and rubble, like much of the rest of Benghazi.Today, Libya is bitterly divided between an elected parliament and government that are cornered in the country’s east, with little power on the ground, and an Islamist militia-backed government in the west. Hundreds of militias are aligned with either side or on their own, battling for power and turf.The U.N.-backed talks between rival factions have not yet managed to strike a power-sharing deal. Meanwhile, Libya’s Islamic State affiliate is fighting on different fronts, losing ground in its eastern stronghold of Darna while expanding along the country’s central northern coastline.For Benghazi, the past year was the worst. Near-daily street fighting has pitted militias made up of a myriad of al-Qaida-linked militants, Islamic State extremists and former anti-Gadhafi rebels against soldiers loyal to the internationally recognized government and their militia allies.Once known for its mix of architectural styles left behind by Arab, Ottoman and Italian rule, this city — shaped like a crescent moon, hugging the Mediterranean Sea on one side and sheltered by the Green Mountain on the other — has lost the flair of times past. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall In this photo taken on April 4, 2015, a street is filled with debris and abandoned houses in the city of Benghazi, Libya. Destruction has permeated the North African country since the civil war ousted Moammar Gadhafi four years ago. For Benghazi, the past year was the worst. (AP Photo/Mohamed Salama) Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Tiger engine issues force return landing

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Engine problems forced a Tiger Airways aircraft bound for Perth to return to Melbourne airport. The airline confirmed the plane returned to Melbourne on Friday night after the pilot reported “an irregularity in one of the engines”, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. Passenger on board the flight Iris Smith explained that up to 150 passengers were startled after hearing a “loud bang” outside the plane. “There was a big, huge bad sound,” she said. “No one said anything for a while.” Mrs Smith said passengers attempted to pass the sound off as the sound of a bird flying into the engine, engine failure or faults with the landing gear. “It is human nature but you try and justify in your head what happened,” Mrs Smith said. “We all sort of thought ‘is this it?’” Airport emergency services were on standby as the plane came to a safe landing. The aircraft is currently being assessed to determine the cause of the sound.last_img read more

Wolgan Valley Honoured with Condé Nast Travelers World Savers Award

first_imgWolgan Valley Resort & Spa Source = Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa With approximately 4,000 acres of land dedicated as a wildlife reserve, the Wolgan conservancy project re-establishes and secures a future for many of the region’s indigenous and endangered species, which were under critical pressure from introduced flora and feral predators – the major cause of species extinction in Australia. To date, over 175,000 indigenous trees have been planted in wildlife corridors and along creek banks at Wolgan Valley. The resort also incorporates many Ecologically Sustainable Design principles and resource-saving technologies, ranging from rainwater collection, full recycling of all domestic water, heat exchange technology to reduce electricity consumption and the use of solar panels for all hot water systems.  Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, the world’s first internationally accredited carbon-neutral resort, has been honoured at the prestigious 2011 World Savers Award for its pioneering work and commitment to wildlife conservation.  The Condé Nast Traveler’s fifth annual World Savers Awards acclaims travel companies from around the world for their leadership in social responsibility. The rigorous process is judged across six categories including wildlife conservation, poverty relief, environmental and cultural preservation, education, and health initiatives. “In just two years of opening, we’re incredibly humbled to receive another global accolade for our commitment to wildlife conservation. From the outset, the resort has been built on the philosophy of complete integration with the Australian environment and a focus on endangered species protection,” said Joost Heymeijer, General Manager, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa.  A scenic three-hour drive from Sydney, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is nestled between two of Australia’s most prominent national parks and borders the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The resort itself occupies just two per cent of the Emirates-owned 4,000-acre property, and combines the expectations of the high-end traveller with a commitment to broader social, ecological and environmental sustainability. Travellers have become sensitive to environmental issues – in particular their own impact on the locations and communities they visit. They are equally are not expecting to lower their standards, and the quality of their experiences when travelling.   “When guests stay at Wolgan Valley, they immediately recognise our ethos and ongoing commitment to be truly environmentally and socially responsible; and of course also appreciate the unique, luxury world-class experiences delivered by Emirates have not been compromised. “We commend our colleagues in Australia and around the world who are making contributions to become more socially responsible. We hope these efforts continue to protect our naturally beautiful landmarks and locations, ensuring our industry grows and prospers,” concluded Mr Heymeijer. Albino Wallaroo at Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa For further information on the conservation policies and work at Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa please visit www.wolganvalley.com. Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa General Manager Joost Heymeijer hands the Conde Nast Traveler’s World Savers Award to Phil Cram, Facilities Manager and Ben Boothby, Senior Field Guide with the resort’s Conservation Teamlast_img read more

Sydney Opera House goes green for Vivid LIVE

first_imgThe Sydney Opera House has made the decision to be carbon neutral during this year’s Vivid LIVE event, part of the Vivid Sydney festival, which kicks off tonight.The iconic landmark will achieve this through a number of green initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of the event including electricitty from renewable sources, using fuel-efficient transport and donating excess food to charity.New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said Vivid LIVE will demonstrate that it is possible to create a lively celebration without a large carbon footprint.“Today’s announcement is testament to the environmental awareness and action of everyone involved in creating this incredible event at the Opera House,” Mr Grant said.The Opera House will use 100 per cent Green Power from accredited renewable sources to power the event, including the iconic Lighting of the Sails.Artists will be transferred to the venue in fuel-efficient transport and surplus food will be donated to charity OzHarvest.Reusable water bottles will be supplied to the artists and crew to save an estimated 6,000 plastic water bottles and the event will also utilise electronic marketing where possible.Sydney Opera House manager, environmental sustainability, Naomi Martin said powering Vivid LIVE by renewable energy is an initiative they will continue into the future.“This is our greenest year yet and the first time our team has successfully made Vivid LIVE fully carbon neutral – but it’s just the beginning,” Ms Martin said.“This is a commitment we will build on as we continue to set a new standard in sustainability.”The Opera House will track and offset all remaining carbon emissions including artists’ flights, catering and accommodation.This will be achieved through investment in accredited projects and transparent reporting.Carbon calculations and offsetting will be externally verified and reported on the Vivid LIVE website in accordance with National Carbon Offset Standard requirements.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

Air Astana The official air carrier for Astana Expo 2017

first_imgJSC NC Astana EXPO-2017 has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, to become a partner in this major international exhibition and hold the exclusive status of “Official Air Carrier of EXPO-2017”. The official signing ceremony was held in Astana today, with the signatories being JSC NC Astana EXPO-2017’s Chairman, Akhmetzhan Yesimov and JSC Air Astana President, Peter Foster.“Air Astana is the largest airline in Kazakhstan, and the memorandum signed today will be the first step in our cooperation. With its international reach across Asia, Central Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the airline will be able to promote this major project around the world. We have agreed to place the EXPO 2017 logo on all of Air Astana’s aircraft and to develop a joint promotional plan for the exhibition, which will be enormously beneficial to building international awareness,” said Akhmetzhan Yesimov.“The theme of EXPO 17 will be “Future Energy” and the event will focus on innovative and practical energy solutions and their global impact. The airline industry is a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and at Air Astana we continue to take corrective action through the introduction of greener technology. At the recent Paris air show we announced our intention to acquire a fleet of Airbus A320 family NEO aircraft, whose new engine technology should save up to 15% of emissions. The NEOs will be introduced from 2016. The EXPO 17 site is well underway, and we look forward to supporting what will be a fascinating and enjoyable extended event, as Astana opens its arms to the world,” added Peter Foster.Within the framework of the memorandum of cooperation , there are plans to integrate the airline’s online reservation system onto the event web site www.expo2017astana.com and also activate a joint PR-campaign. Additionally all Astana transit and arriving in passengers will be given tickets to the exhibition in 2017.ABOUT JSC NC ASTANA EXPO 2017JSC NC Astana EXPO 2017 was established in January 2015 to plan and implement the international exhibition EXPO 2017, with the event being held in Astana from 10th June to 10th September. The event is expected to attract exhibitors from more than 100 countries, with participation by 10 international organizations and 10 leading innovation & technology companies. EXPO 2017 is targeting more than 2 million visitors.ABOUT AIR ASTANAAir Astana is a joint venture between Kazakhstan’s national wealth fund, Samruk Kazyna, and BAE Systems, with respective shares of 51% and 49%. Air Astana commenced regular flight operations on 15 May 2002 and currently operates a network of over 60 international and domestic routes from hubs in Almaty and Astana. The airline’s fleet consists of 30 Boeing 767-300ER, Boeing 757-200, Airbus A320 and Embraer E190 aircraft.Source = Air Astanalast_img read more

QLD Budget welcomed by tourism transport sectors

first_imgQLD Budget welcomed by tourism & transport sectorsThe Queensland Government’s 2017-18 Budget is a significant step towards supercharging the state’s visitor economy and future-proofing its transport network, with critical investment across the tourism and transport sectors.Tourism & Transport Chief Executive Margy Osmond congratulated Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Treasurer Curtis Pitt on the Government’s commitment to fully fund Brisbane’s Cross River Rail.“TTF has long argued that the Cross River Rail is the number one public transport project for Queensland and we are delighted to see the Government’s commitment to go it alone on this project to ensure this critical piece of infrastructure can be built,” Ms Osmond said.“The Cross River Rail project will create jobs, improve transport connectivity and help to make Brisbane and South-East Queensland better places not only to live, but to visit.”Ms Osmond said the Palaszczuk Government had delivered funding to further develop tourism as a key long-term driver of economic and jobs growth across the State.“Tourism is crucial to the growth of the Queensland economy, generating $27.7 billion in consumption and employing more than 135,000 people across the State,” Ms Osmond said.“The Queensland Government has recognised that the tourism sector has the potential to become the most effective and sustainable way to diversify beyond the resources economy, and we welcome the additional $10.2 million over the next two years for Tourism and Events Queensland to secure major events for the Sunshine State.“The $9 million allocated to help the tourism industry and small businesses recover and rebuild from the impact of Cyclone Debbie will go a long way to getting the region back on its feet.“Prior to the Budget, TTF called on the Queensland Government to enhance its world-famous nature-based tourism experiences, and we welcome the additional $40 million over two years to revitalise the State’s national parks and enhance nature-based recreational opportunities.“The Attracting Aviation Investment Fund has bolstered the Queensland visitor economy by supporting the introduction of additional air services, and the commitment to deliver ongoing funding will enable the State to continue this successful strategy, particularly in the rapidly growing Asian tourism market.“Through this Budget the Queensland Government has embraced the potential of the tourism and transport sectors to create jobs, grow the visitor economy and deliver critical infrastructure.” Tourism & Transport ForumSource = Tourism & Transport Forumlast_img read more

Tollywood to explore filming opportunities offered by Mauritius government

first_imgThe Mauritius government has a scheme under which 30-40% rebate is available for shooting in the country. This is by way of the form of reimbursement on audited Qualified Production Expenditure in Mauritius. The scope of the rebate scheme covers pre-production, production and post-production stages of film making. The qualified production expenditure includes remuneration for cast and crew, accommodation, catering, travel, hiring equipment, location fees, ground transport & logistics, besides others.In a recent meeting organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the significance for Telugu film industry to explore filming opportunities and rebate schemes that the Mauritius government has offered for Indian film industry was highlighted. The meeting was attended by around 60 stakeholders from the Telugu film Industry.Nanda Narrainen, Head- Film Industry, Board of Investment of Mauritius, said, “Mauritius also provided incentives to create an export-oriented film industry. Among other things, it offered 15% VAT refund on production of films for export, corporate tax incentive, besides encouraging copyright registration and protection of IPR. It allowed 100% foreign ownership with no minimum capital in company incorporated in Mauritius, he told the session on ‘Filming opportunities in Mauritius’ that CII Telangana organised here recently in partnership with the BOI of Mauritius.”last_img read more

Leading Economic Indicators Point to Impending Growth

first_imgLeading Economic Indicators Point to Impending Growth An index measuring leading economic indicators in the United States posted its third straight increase in April, suggesting economic growth might be ready to take off in the coming months following a weak first quarter.The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index, a gauge of the near-term economic outlook, increased 0.4 percent last month to a reading of 101.4. The index measures progress made across 10 different economic components, including average weekly unemployment claims, consumer expectations for business conditions, and building permits for new private housing, among others.Ataman Ozyildirim, economist at the Conference Board, said April’s improvement was “driven largely by improving housing and financial market conditions,” adding, “This latest report suggests the economy will continue to expand, and may even pick up steam through the second half of the year.”At the same time, the Conference Board’s Coincident and Lagging Economic index, which measures current economic activity, increased 0.1 percent to 108.5, while the Lagging Economic Index inched up 0.2 percent to 123.3.”Despite a brutal winter which brought the economy to a halt, the overall trend in the leading economic index has remained positive,” said economist Ken Goldstein. “If consumers continue to spend, and businesses pick up the pace of investment, the industrial core of the economy will benefit and GDP growth could move closer towards the 3 percent range.” in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News May 22, 2014 477 Views center_img Conference Board GDP Housing Starts Jobs 2014-05-22 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

Nationstar Finds Positives Despite Q2 Net Loss

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Headlines, News Nationstar Finds Positives Despite Q2 Net Loss August 3, 2016 477 Views center_img Earnings Nationstar Mortgage Nonbank servicers Profits 2016-08-03 Seth Welborn The first quarter this year was not kind to non-bank mortgage servicers, earnings-wise. In the last couple of weeks, the industry has seen that the second quarter has not been so great, either.Following Ocwen’s reported net loss last week of $87 million for Q2, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings reported on Tuesday a net loss (for GAAP purposes) of $92 million for the three-month period ending June 30.Still, there were positives in Nationstar’s earnings report for Q2 2016. On an adjusted basis, the Dallas, Texas-based servicer’s net income was $52 million, with the three major drivers for growth being strong servicing performance, a favorable originations environment, and property sales growth in the company’s Xome segment.The originations segment posted a GAAP pre-tax income of $54 million for Q2, driven by the company’s direct to consumer business (29 percent recapture rate). The servicing segment reported a pretax GAAP loss of $158 million, but on an adjusted basis (removing the impact of fair value marks), the servicing segment posted a pretax income of $64 million (6.8 basis points). That segment has generated 5.9 basis points of profitability year-to-date, according to Nationstar.“Given the solid first half of the year, we remain committed to achieving quality earnings that exceed 5 bps on average for 2016,” the report stated.Nationstar’s Xome segment produced $22 million in GAAP pretax income in Q2 ($28 million on an adjusted earnings basis). The second quarter saw an uptick in the number properties sold via Xome, from 4,165 in the first quarter up to 5,406 in the second quarter.“We’re off to a fantastic start to 2016 with Servicing, Originations and Xome all delivering solid second quarter earnings,” said Jay Bray, CEO of Nationstar Mortgage. “In addition, we are positioned to grow our servicing book to over $450 billion by year-end, principally driven by on-boarding the assets of our newest partners Seneca and USAA. We are extremely proud that both Seneca and USAA selected us as the best servicing partner. We enter the second half of 2016 as the industry leader, extremely well positioned to capitalize on the significant market opportunities ahead.”Nationstar was the only one of the three largest non-bank mortgage servicers rated by Moody’s (Ocwen and Walter Investment were the other two) to turn a profit for the full year 2015. Last year saw Nationstar post a net income of $43 million for the full year, but things went south for the company in Q1 this year with a net loss of $132 million.Click here to view Nationstar’s Q2 results.last_img read more

The Legal League 100 Sets Stage for Fall Summit

first_img July 4, 2018 544 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing Share 2018-07-04 Kristina Brewercenter_img The Legal League 100 Sets Stage for Fall Summit The Legal League 100, the premier professional association of financial services law firms in the United States, has released a promotional video advertising “The Rules of Engagement,” the theme of this year’s Legal League 100 Fall Servicer Summit. This event is occurring during the 15th annual Five Star Conference and Expo on Monday, September 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT.Open to all Legal League 100 members, associate members, and mortgage servicing professionals, the semi-annual Servicer Summit is the setting for the nation’s elite financial services law firms to discuss default policies, procedures, and emerging issues with leading mortgage servicing executives. With more than 100 member law firms spanning nearly 50 states and an organic, firm-driven leadership structure, the Legal League 100 aims to drive progress in the mortgage servicing industry.Check out the promotional video below, and learn more about the summit here.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Mortgage Rates See an Uptick

first_img September 6, 2018 615 Views Share ARM Freddie Mac FRM mortgage rates 2018-09-06 Seth Welborn Mortgage rates went up this week according to the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Rates went up for the second week in a row for the 30-year fixed rate mortgage.“Borrowing costs may be slowly on the rise again in coming weeks, as investors remain optimistic about the underlying strength of the economy,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “It’s important to note that rates are now up three-quarters of a percentage point from last year and home prices – albeit at a slower pace – are still outrunning rising inflation and incomes.” “This weakening in affordability is hindering many interested buyers this fall, even as the robust economy brings them into the market. The good news is that purchase mortgage applications have recently rebounded to above year ago levels,” he added.The 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 4.54 percent with an average 0.5 point, up from 4.52 percent week over week, and up from 3.78 percent year over year. The 15-year fixed rate mortgage average 3.99 percent with an average 0.4 point, up from 3.97 percent a week before and up from 3.08 percent a year previously. The 5-year ARM averaged 3.93 percent with an average of 0.3 percent, and a year ago at this time, the 5-year ARM averaged 3.15 percent.“Interest rates moved up slightly this week, bringing the mortgage rate reported by Freddie Mac to 4.54 percent, 76 basis points higher than one year ago,” said Danielle Hale, Realtor.com Chief Economist. “Coupled with higher home prices, this raises the cost of financing a median list-price home by more than $2,000 each year, Strong economic indicators, such as today’s fifty-year low in jobless claims, continue to point to growth ahead and are propelling rates higher. Interest rates may adjust up even more as we near the Fed meeting later this month in which a rate hike is widely expected.”center_img Mortgage Rates See an Uptick in Daily Dose, News, Originationlast_img read more

The Power of Homebuyer Choice

first_img Share Affordability first-time home buyers Homebuyer HOUSING Inventory Trulia 2018-10-03 Rachel Williams For years national housing inventory has been falling, but a report released recently by Trulia’s Inventory and Price Watch suggests that this trend is slowing in much of the country and in certain markets beginning to reverse itself. According to the report, the supply of homes for sale nationwide decreased by just 2.5 percent in Q3 of 2018—its lowest annual drop since 2015—and in pricier markets has actually begun to increase. The national inventory on entry-level homes fell less than 1 percent in the last year, and trade-up inventory has actually improved by a little more than half a percent. This increase in supply has been most striking in California, where six out of 10 metro areas with the highest annual inventory growth are located. Half of all homes available for sale are to be found in these higher-end markets. The report found, however, that housing affordability still continues to be a problem for potential homebuyers, with declines seen nationwide. This affordability problem is especially felt by those looking to enter the market for the first time and shoppers interested in mid-level or trade-up homes. According to the national average, a family seeking to purchase an entry-level home is likely to spend just over 25 percent of their income to secure a mortgage, and in pricier cities like San Francisco and San Jose the same buyers are likely to spend more than 100 percent of their income in order to purchase a home. In fact, according to the report, affordability for those looking to enter the market for the first time has dropped to its greatest low since Trulia began tracking these metrics in 2012. Even so, the data presented by this report would appear to be a good sign for those in the market to purchase a home in general, indicating buyers discouraged by scant inventory have reason to hope the housing market overall is improving. For more information, click here. The Power of Homebuyer Choicecenter_img in News, Origination October 3, 2018 721 Views last_img read more

PO Cruises has launched its 2017 Flagship Achieve

first_imgP&O Cruises has launched its 2017 Flagship Achievers incentive program for travel agents.In 2016, agents across Australia and New Zealand earned more than $300,000 in incentive payments from the Flagship program and the cruise line believes 2017 will be even bigger, with the refurbishment of Pacific Dawn and the debut of Pacific Explorer giving agents more opportunities to sell a P&O cruise.The program allows qualifying agents* to earn Flagship Points based on net agent revenue for every P&O cruise they sell over a twelve-month period, with $1 of net agent revenue equalling one Flagship Point.Agents who book more than $50,000 in net revenue sales qualify for a bonus payment of up to $500.In addition, 20 agents who earn the most points during the year* will qualify for a Top Achievers Trip on Pacific Explorer.Valued at $6000 each, the trip includes a cruise for two on Pacific Explorer’s three-night Australia Day cruise, a $1500 Visa Gift Card for flights and transfers, dinner at Luke Mangan’s Salt grill and onboard spending money of $300 per room, as well as dinner for two at ARIA restaurant in Sydney and overnight accommodation and breakfast at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney. “We had terrific results from the incentive program last year, with agents really getting onboard to earn two great things – extra cash and great holidays,” said director of sale Ryan Taibel.The 2017 Flagship Achievers program includes bookings made on P&O cruises between 1 December 2016 and 30 November 2017.*Full terms and conditions can be found on the Flagship website agentsFlagship AchieversincentivesP&Olast_img read more

The Hong Kong Tourism Board HKTB hosted a group

first_imgThe Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) hosted a group of 18 Australian wholesalers from 31 May to 4 June 2018 for the 2018 Contract Hong Kong – an opportunity to connect with 100 local Hong Kong trade partners including hotels, ground operators and attractions.Showcasing Hong Kong’s vast tourism offerings, highlights of the four day program included testing traditional Chinese baking techniques during a cooking class at the famous Kee Wah Bakery; a walking tour of the authentic Hong Kong district of Sham Shui Po; cruising Victoria Harbour on a junk boat with Aqua Luna; and product updates from stalwart favourites Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland.HKTB’s trade marketing and business tourism manager, Lisa Lee said Contract Hong Kong is an important event on the Australian tourism trade calendar.“Contract Hong Kong enables us to connect our trade partners with in-market product representatives so they can get the most up-to-date information firsthand.“As our front line ambassadors, it’s important that we provide our trade representatives with new and exciting experiences to showcase to their consumers. We know our visitors want to experience Hong Kong like a local.” Contract Hong KongHong Kong Tourism Boardwholesalerslast_img read more

Although the Arizona Cardinals passed on Notre Dam

first_imgAlthough the Arizona Cardinals passed on Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph in the second round in favor of Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams, the team may have found a gem in their third round selection. Rob Housler, the tight end from Florida Atlantic University, wasn’t exactly a superstar. He came from the Sun Belt Conference and ranked as the fifth best tight end in CBS sports’ 2011 draft player rankings. Miller said the team will need to work with Housler on his blocking abilities but said the team is excited for the fighting attitude the tight end brings. “He’s going to fight you,” Miller said. “That’s the one thing that we did like is that although he’s not a point to point blocker of a 300 pound defensive end, we still feel he’s a guy that is going to fight.”“We saw that on the film and the advantage he is going to bring to the passing game really excited us.” D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke However, he turned in a 4.46 forty-yard dash time before the draft and is expected to become a match-up nightmare for opposing defenses with his 6-5, 215 pound frame.“Housler is no slouch,” Cardinals general manager Rod Graves told Sports 620 KTAR’s Gambo and Ash Monday.“With a 4.46 and being that size, I think he is going to be an excellent candidate for us and has got a chance to be just as good as (Notre Dame tight end) Kyle Rudolph when it’s all said and done.” Housler had 39 receptions for 629 yards and four touchdowns while averaging over 16 yards per catch at FAU last season. For perspective, Rudolph had only 328 yards on 28 receptions and three touchdowns last season after he was hampered with a hamstring injury. Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike Miller was a guest on the annual Big Red Rage post draft show and said he is excited on what Housler will bring to the team. He said Housler is very athletic and runs great routes while his hands and size make him a difficult assignment for opposing defenses. “The big difference from those guys is what he does in the pass game,” Miller said.“He’s an excellent athlete and has a real feel for the pass game. I would say the separator with Housler is his speed and the dynamic he brings to the pass game is pretty special.”last_img read more